Defending Against COVID-19 Cyber Scams

To Our Maine Highlands FCU Community,

As we face this global pandemic together, please use caution as there are new scams appearing daily during this difficult time.  Specific examples include the following:

  • Fraudsters impersonating representatives of official organizations like the CDC and health departments (in person traveling door-to-door, over the phone, and online)
  • Fake COVID19 tracking and reporting websites that deploy malware to your device
  • Fake apps that infect your mobile device
  • Money laundering schemes disguised as pandemic relief fundraising efforts
  • Fraudsters are trying to capitalize on the coronavirus stimulus funds that includes direct payments to individuals and married couples.

 

Please take measures to protect yourself from becoming a victim.  The U.S Department of Homeland Security has published a great list of precautions:

  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments. See Using Caution with Email Attachments and Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Scams for more information.
  • Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites—for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
  • Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations. Review the Federal Trade Commission’s page on Charity Scamsfor more information.
  • Review CISA Insights on Risk Management for COVID-19for more information.
  • Please be aware that government agencies do not require advanced processing fees.
  • Government agents do not communicate with individuals via social media and will not be calling or texting regarding the stimulus funds.
  • Avoid fake sites attempting to represent official agencies.
  • The IRS has published information regarding eligibility and disbursement.

 

Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.  Visit our fraud awareness page or contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Best Regards,

The MHFCU Management Team